Will the LG flagship outshine Samsung’s for the first time?

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MWC 2016 is almost upon us and the rumor mill will not give a rest until the much anticipated phones are finally unveiled. Two companies who have the spotlight are LG with the G5 and Samsung with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

Each year Samsung comes out on top of the Android flagship realm and last year Samsung seemed to find a mix that really worked, at least in terms of aesthetic appeal. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge were real beauties with their color shifting glass backs and aluminum frames. The rumor mill has revealed that Samsung has once again kept with the S6 aesthetic and who could blame them? If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. But is that enough to capture the ever wandering eyes of tech consumers and enthusiasts? They are currently on the look for the bold, the different and the new.

In come the rumors for the 2016 LG flagship. The LG G4 admittedly wasn’t very attractive, though the different choices of back covers helped – leather to be exact. But the design was overall tired, plasticy and just plain, well, plain. But according to rumors – NOT ANYMORE. Those married to Samsung may just be willing enough to cheat on their glass bodied, aluminum framed beauties when seeing the G5. Last year Samsung played catch up to beautify their devices. Now it is LG’s turn.

So what do each of these phones supposedly have? Starting with the G5, instead of being all plastic, it too could have a metal body. It seems that the entire phone is composed of aluminum. As for road warriors and modularity fans it seems that you may not have to worry; the G5 is rumored to have a removable battery compartment that slides out just below the display. The SD card slot may be included inside this compartment as well. Another component to this modularity is that accessories could be made to be interchangeable.Think of the possibilities! LG seems to be trying hard NOT to disappoint their fans and that WILL be well appreciated!

The 2016 LG flagship is also rumored to have 2 cameras on the back – whose function will be revealed in time. Also there seems to be a loss of the volume buttons on the back in favor of placing them on the side (possibly to slim down the design) and a fingerprint sensor/power button in place of all of that. Instead of a secondary display like with the V10 we expect to see an implementation of the display being Always On for notifications, which will consume very little power – though Samsung may have its own iteration of this as well. The entire package seems quite awesome. We will see the reality in just days.

LG flagship

Meanwhile, the design of the S7 and S7 Edge appear to be largely unchanged, as least with what meets the eye – the battery still appears to be locked in. It could, once again, have its SD card that many were very upset over losing though. Re-adding a feature like this seems to be like stealing your favorite toy, only to return it to you as a gift. People don’t forget such a cruel thing. It may also be water resistant as leaks suggest. The biggest point to focus on seems to be what leaks are calling the “Britecell” camera sensor. Low light photography, or at least the want of it, is all the rage on smartphones. It seems that Samsung won’t disappoint. Still, we will see what LG has up its sleeve with its dual camera situation as the G4 and V10 cameras were mighty impressive, in low light included! The interface and features of the V10 were phenomenal!

What other specs are we possibly expecting?

LG G5:

  • Snapdragon 820
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64 GB internal storage/SD slot
  • 5.3 or 5.5 inch Quad HD display
  • 2800mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge:

  • Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890
  • 4GB RAM
  • various internal storage sizes (32, 64, etc)
  • 5.1 (S7) and 5.5 (Edge) inch Quad HD amoled displays
  • 3,000mAh (S7) and 3,600mAh (Edge) batteries

So what are your thoughts? Is it enough for Samsung to continue with the same design this time around? We know that this year will be hard! The mobile industry has been getting a bit stale and fans are REALLY needing to see something new! The LG flagship might be just different enough to catch more attention this time around.

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